The Battle of Breslau was one of the last battles of World War II. It was fought between the Soviet 6th Army, under Vladimir Gluzdovskii, and the German garrison of the city of Breslau, commanded by Hans von Ahlfen, in southeastern Germany. The Russian forces attacked the city from the East, on February 13, 1945. The next day Breslau was completely encircled as some Soviet units made their way into the outskirts of Breslau. The fighting was extremely ferocious as thousands of Russian soldiers got killed in the streets, with many Red Army’s T-34 tanks being destroyed by 8.8-cm Pak 43 anti-tank guns and Panzerschreck rocket launchers used by the German defenders that forced their enemy into a vicious house to house fighting. Although they were overwehlmingly superior in number to the German troops, it took the Russians almost three months to capture the city. During the siege, the German commander, Hans von Ahlfen, was replaced by Hermann Niehoff, who surrendered the city of Breslau to the Soviets on May 6, 1945.

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